With the Northern Colorado Parade of Homes almost here, Katelyn Shields of Booj caught up with our very own Barb Spanjer to discuss Spanjer Homes' 2015 entry.
1. Have you participated in the Parade of Homes before?
Spanjer Homes most recently participated in the 2014 Parade with a beautiful
2. What is your favorite part about the Parade of Homes?
It's always exciting to see the variety of approaches to building and design that the Parade encompasses, but the real highlight for us is conversing with the visitors we get at our home, because it's their interest and appreciation of our industry that bring us together. It is rewarding that such a diverse range of people take the time out of their weekend to see the hard work that we pour into design, construction, energy efficiency, finish work and decoration. It's enlightening—and fun—to learn about what our market likes and doesn't like, what aspects of a home are most valuable to them, and what experiences with their current or previous homes have shaped their plans for the future.
3. How would you describe the home Spanjer has in the parade?
This year’s entry, "The Lucerne," is a 3-bedroom/3-bathroom contemporary Colorado ranch-style plan that showcases a large master bedroom suite and spa-inspired bath. Its space planning and design is great, but the home really stands out because of its luxurious selections, including site-finished walnut floors, custom cabinetry and one-of-a-kind built-ins. Over the years, Spanjer Homes has come to be known for furniture-quality woodworking and fine craftsmanship; this home is no exception. But it also has all the creature comforts you'd expect from a high-end custom home, such as KitchenAid Pro Series appliances, an oversized 3-car garage, 5-star plus energy rating, and it's Smart Home technology-ready. Finally because it's on a generous WildWing lot, The Lucerne's future owners will always come home to a beautiful mountain view of the Front Range and the breezes off Timnath Reservoir.
4. What is your favorite part about the home you have in the parade?
It's hard to pick only one favorite! But for people (like me) who are used to a busy, fast-paced lifestyle, the master bathroom will feel like an oasis. It's spacious yet private, has a sleek free-standing tub, a stylish curbless shower, a two-sink vanity and lots of natural light! We've chosen elegant Moen faucets, Mesquite granite counter top and the clean look of Topcu and Florida Tile. When it's ultimately time to return to reality, the bathroom's functionality is a major plus—it opens directly into couples' closets and provides easy access to the laundry.
5. What advice would you give someone looking to start the process of building a new home? Where is the best place to begin?
This is a common question, and can have a tremendous effect on whether your custom home process is a smooth one. The optimal time to contact a builder is prior to purchasing a lot, and prior to making any firm architectural or design decisions. At this stage, we are available to "walk" any lots you are considering and/or meet to discuss the many pros and cons you may not be aware of that can help you decide which property will provide the best fit and the best value for your needs. Spanjer Homes has been building in Northern Colorado for almost 40 years, which has resulted in a wealth of knowledge about how the attributes and characteristics of a lot—such as its composition, orientation, location, etc.—will influence the home's design and overall budget. Most homeowners have found this type of insight invaluable, and many have been able to use our advice to make small adjustments in the early planning stages of their home that result in dramatically positive results.
6. Who should customers contact if they wanted to begin working with Spanjer?
Barb Spanjer firstname.lastname@example.org 970-223-2664